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New event! Bridging the gap: improving communication between the police and young people

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Thursday 30th May 2019

6-7pm at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, Sheffield, S1 4GE.

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How can the police better communicate with young people?

Why wouldn’t a young person report a crime?

What can be done to change that?

Following on from Sheffield Youth Cabinet’s knife crime consultations with young people, we want to start a discussion to see how we can work together for a better, safer Sheffield.

In association with South Yorkshire Police.

For further information and our full programme visit www.festivalofdebate.com

Update: Woodthorpe Social Action Project! #WoodthorpeSAP

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Young people from Woodthorpe want to improve their youth club, to make it a welcoming space that the whole community can benefit from. Currently the community space is used by two groups, including Sheffield Futures Woodthorpe Youth Club. Attendees at the youth club have formed a group: Woodthorpe Social Action Project (WSAP) who “want to make the youth club more homely and inviting to people who haven’t been here before.”

The group have met with local Councillors to show them the space and the changes they would like to make. Here’s Ash showing them the paint samples they have chosen and how they voted as a group to decide which one to go with!

WSAP also met with Ryzard and Mo from All About You who run a session for young people with learning difficulties at Woodthorpe Youth Club.  They discussed what they were planning to do with the centre and how they plan to incorporate the young people from All About You group’s ideas and needs. 

They also discussed other opportunities to get involved in community action through All About You including using the outdoor areas and painting outside!

The group have been busy meeting local Police Community Support Officers to discuss their work, which led to a conversation about the area and local young people’s issues. The group discussed knife crime and young people’s solutions to the problems.

WSAP met with local employer, Loadhog, who have generously offered to support their social action project. Staff from Loadhog will be offering support painting and decorating on the main social action day (Friday 5th April) and the young people are delighted to have been offered their help. The group received a tour of the site and discussed ways in which they would try and help. 

The group are looking for support from local people, businesses and more to make their ideas a reality. Before any decorating can take place, there are repairs that need to take place and equipment which is no longer in use to be removed. WSAP will be holding fundraisers and asking the local community for donations to improve the club, but are also looking for donations of time and skills for the repair work.

Could you help WSAP? Call: 07766 751 614 or email: fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

“Anything that anyone can do would be great because this is a second home to us.”


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Woodthorpe Youth Club Social Action Project

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Young people from Woodthorpe want to improve their youth club, to make it a welcoming space that more young people can benefit from. Currently the community space, owned by Sheffield City Council, is used by two groups, including Sheffield Futures Woodthorpe Youth Club. Attendees at the youth club have formed a group: Woodthorpe Social Action Project (WSAP) who “want to make the youth club more homely and inviting to people who haven’t been here before.”

WSAP have made a list of things they would like to change about the club and are working on a plan – leading up to a day of social action during the Easter holidays, where they will work with local businesses and partners. This project will involve young people-led fundraisers, asking the local community for their time, skills and expertise and bringing together businesses, decision makers and young people to make positive change in an area that has received negative press. Last June, the Guardian reported a rise in serious violence across Sheffield, focussing on Lowedges and Woodthorpe “two of the estates blighted by a murder and three shootings in recent weeks.”

WSAP are meeting weekly to discuss ideas, organise fundraisers, create videos and plan the redecoration of their youth club. The group said: “Youth club is a safer place than being on the streets. We want to make it look better and we’re going to get involved as much as we can. We’ve written letters to MPs and Councillors inviting them to come down and see the club.”

The youth club stands back from the road, with little outdoor lighting to show that a session is on, which may attract new attendees. This is something that the group would like to change, with additional flood lighting so that they can make use of the club’s football pitch during the dark evenings.

Inside, the club needs a lick of paint and an upgrade to their furnishings. The group “met a street artist who we want to do a mural at the youth club. This project is giving us the experiences that we probably won’t ever have again. How many people will be able to say ‘I helped paint that wall with an artist’?!”

“I wanna do some spray painting because it sounds fun.”

The group are looking for support from local people, businesses and more to make their ideas a reality. WSAP will be holding fundraisers and asking the local community for donations to improve the club, but are also looking for donations of time and skills.

Could you help WSAP? Call: 07766 751 614 or email: fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

“Anything that anyone can do would be great because this is a second home to us.”


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#YouthWorkMatters: How a listening ear helped me turn my life away from crime

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‘It just didn’t register with me that shoplifting might have a negative impact on anyone else. I didn’t feel bad, I didn’t have a conscience.’

*Names have been changed

Jemma, 19, had just received a caution from the Police for shoplifting when she was introduced to Sheffield Futures and became a Young Advisor, giving young people a voice, which ultimately helped her turn away from a life of crime.

‘I first got involved with Sheffield Futures when I was 16.  At the time I had just received a caution from the Police for shoplifting and whilst I was in custody the Police asked me if I’d like to do a six week course to work out what might be making me shoplift and turn to a life of crime.’ Says Jemma.

Ironically, this was a real turning point for Jemma, just when she thought she had hit rock bottom there seemed to be hope. ‘They said that if we could get to the bottom of why I was making the wrong choices we might be able to change my behaviour. I had a one to one meeting with a support worker from MAST. We met every week for 6 weeks and talked about the negatives of shoplifting and consequences.’

‘It was then I realised that I didn’t think stealing would impact anyone else. The course helped me to develop a conscience and re train my brain to think about the consequences of my actions, not just for me but for everyone involved. I didn’t feel bad and didn’t have a conscience. It was basically 6 weeks of retraining my brain. We realised that I was bored and that’s why I was stealing.’

Jemma’s MAST worker also introduced her to programmes in Sheffield that she may be interested in. ‘That’s when I got involved with the Young Advisors – giving young people a voice – at Sheffield Futures. I didn’t think I’d ever be accepted into something like this again as I had a caution that would last 5 years.’ Says Jemma.

As part of her role with the Young Advisors at Sheffield Futures Jemma has spent time working on the children and young people’s safeguarding board, acting as a youth consultant, looking at how to best communicate with young people that have been identified as at risk.

Talking about her experience Jemma says, ‘I felt so safe speaking to my manager about my background and felt that I wasn’t judged but was just being given an opportunity to progress and gain experience.’

‘From my experience with the Young Advisors at Sheffield Futures I now know I want to work with children and young people as part of my future career. It’s given me so much experience and so many skills as well as crucial self-awareness. I’m now confident with public speaking and have made a difference in the community and feel tuned into the city’s issues. I’m a real people person and I love talking!’

Jemma is now studying at University and is on a positive path forward. ‘It was brilliant to be able to tick no convictions on my application form!’ Jemma says. ‘Thanks to the young advisors and Sheffield Futures taking a chance on me I’ve got the self-confidence, self-awareness and experience to achieve the things I never thought I would do in my life.’ 

SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis officially opens Sheffield Futures Health Zone for young people

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Sheffield’s largest youth charity, Sheffield Futures officially launched their new Health Zone for young people to access all of their health and wellbeing needs, with Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis.

The Health Zone space has been transformed thanks to funding from the Department of Health’s Places of Safety capital grant and sits within Sheffield Futures emotional wellbeing service for young people aged 13 – 25: Door 43.

The Health Zone was launched by Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis who said: ‘The young people who spoke today have given an incredible testimony to the service. It’s a tough world and it’s a tough time to be growing up and the pressures that young people face are much more acute than the pressures that my generation faced. As a result of that, many young people require support and help which is nothing to be ashamed about, all of us, at some point in our lives will need a bit of help.

‘That is why the work that is done here, by Sheffield Futures is incredibly important work.’

During an opening speech, Sheffield Futures Head of Targeted Services and Health, Dan White, spoke of the lengthy consultations with young people, mental health groups, healthcare professionals, Sheffield Hallam Architecture students and more to ensure that the Health Zone will meet the needs of young people. Feedback included the need for rooms for private conversations, as well as larger rooms for activities, a kitchen, a certified health room and modern soft furnishings, all of which feature in the new space.

The attendees were also joined by young people who have been supported by Door 43: Sam, Phoebe, James and Tara who spoke to their Health and Wellbeing Worker Sadie Charlton about where they were before the service, what work has been done with them and where they want to be in the future. Tara said: ‘Since I started coming here, I feel like I have meaning in my life.’

Sam said: ‘Before I came to Door 43, I had given up on life. I had given up on my hopes and dreams for the future. I stopped leaving the house and socialising, it took a lot to get me to come here. Door 43’s Wellbeing Café is a good opportunity to speak to like-minded people. Since coming to Door 43 I’ve realised that I can actually do the things that I want to do. The staff encouraged me to start working towards becoming a paramedic, they’ve encouraged me to start college again and do what I want to do. I would never have done it if it wasn’t for Door 43.’

The official opening of the Health Zone had an emotional high, with a performance from a young person who is supported by Door 43, Jenny. Unfortunately, Jenny lost her job due to her emotional wellbeing, and to pay rent, she sold her beloved guitar and keyboard. After Sheffield Futures posted Jenny’s story on social media, they were kindly donated a guitar and keyboard to give to her. Jenny has been writing songs about her mental health journey and performed at the event.

Door 43 aims to prevent young people from requiring expensive statutory, crisis led, interventions through offering unique combination of early intervention and prevention work, including counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and supported referral pathways, and personal support.

Many of the young people the service supports just need a safe space in which they can talk about how they feel in a comfortable environment. The Health Zone will be used flexibly to meet the varying needs of young people, taking a holistic view of emotional wellbeing and delivering early intervention and prevention work to release pressure on acute services.

Sheffield Futures awarded funding to tackle criminal exploitation of young people

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South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has been awarded over £500,000 of Home Office funding for a Sheffield partnership project led by Sheffield Futures focussed on tackling child criminal exploitation and associated knife and gun crime across the city.

The project named by young people consulted as ‘Project 0114’ will be delivered by Sheffield Futures in conjunction with delivery partners, Sheffield City Council, ACT Sheffield, The Unity Gym Project, St Marks Church, Broomhill, Manor Castle Development Trust, My Life Project, Princes Trust, and Change Grow Live (CGL).

Due to begin in January 2019, Project 0114 will include an education programme for all secondary school pupils across the city as well as year six pupils in primary schools in areas deemed to be most at risk. A second strand to the project will engage children aged 10-13 identified as at risk of grooming for gang involvement and serious violence with positive enrichment activities.

Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures comments, ‘We are really pleased to have been awarded the funding to deliver targeted activities to help children and young people vulnerable to criminal exploitation and associated serious violence across the city.’

‘Through Project 0114, we hope to equip our children and young people to be able to steer clear of the serious threat that comes from organised crime, child criminal exploitation and the associated violent crime we are unfortunately seeing become more and more frequent across the city.’

Co-delivered by youth workers and specially trained young people and utilising a youth mentoring approach, the schools based programme will involve a series of information and skills based sessions focussed on preventing child criminal exploitation and the effects of knife and gun crime. Young people will be provided with information about how they can seek support to move away from serious youth violence and to understand their rights and responsibilities in this area.  This element will form a key strand of the new Violent Crime and Organised Criminality (VCOC) strategy in Sheffield.

The programme targeting children identified through evidence as at risk of being groomed for gang involvement and associated gun and knife crime will be delivered across 5 areas of the city: Broomhall, North East Sheffield, Manor Castle/Arbourthorne, Burngreave/Pitsmoor and Low Edges.

Focussed on arts, music, media or sport the engagement activities, in local communities, the project will pull on the strengths of delivery partners and will ensure strong safeguarding pathways for those identified as most at risk.

 

Drop The Knife: youth knife crime consultation, for young people.

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HAVE YOUR SAY.

We want to hear from young people: what do you think about knife crime?

Wednesday 31st October (half term) 1.30-3.30pm

at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, Sheffield, S1 4GE.

ALL OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT AND YOU CAN REMAIN COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.

Please RSVP: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or via Insta: @sheffieldfutures

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Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

World Mental Health Day 2018: Launch of new emotional wellbeing ‘Health Zone’ at Star House

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A newly refurbished ‘Health Zone’ which has been purposely designed by and for young people to access support with their emotional and physical health is open for Sheffield’s young people. 

The ‘Health Zone’ at Sheffield Futures on Division Street will host the Door 43 Wellbeing Café. Our Door 43 service is a preventative mental health service for 13-25 year olds that aims to stop mental health conditions in their tracks before they turn into full blown crises. Since its inception the service has been very much in demand with the majority self referring with issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood often caused by the overwhelming demands that modern life places on today’s young people.

With half of all mental health conditions appearing in young people before the age of 14 and one in four adults suffering a mental health problem in any given year, new services like Door 43 are heralded nationally as the way forward.

 Door 43 integrates a range of health and wellbeing support under one roof, giving young people the flexibility they need in terms of access to different specialist support services such as counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and mechanisms for referral for those who require specialist mental health assessment. It is this preventative approach that aims to stop young people from requiring expensive, statutory, crisis-led interventions that often come when the damage has already been done. 

Commenting on the new health and wellbeing zone development, Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures says, ‘We are thrilled to have completed the work on our new Health Zone for young people, based at Sheffield Futures’ city centre venue Star House. Sheffield Futures has received incredibly generous grant funding from the Department of Health and other local organisations and we are looking to match funds to cover building costs, furnishing and more.’

‘We have seen very encouraging results from Door 43 so far and it’s really heartening to see the positive impact we’re having on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Sheffield’s young people.’

‘We know that young people can be put off accessing mental health services as they associate these environments with the stress and anxiety that is often fuelling their issues.

The new health and wellbeing zone will offer a safe and welcoming space for young people to openly talk about their feelings and access early preventative support in a completely neutral environment where they can literally get away from it all, clear their head and become ready to access the support they need.’

If you want to have a look at how our new health zone is developing check out this video:

Case Study: When talking about how the Door 43 service has helped him, Darren Jenks a young person who has accessed Door 43 in the past said, “Door43 is a place I can go and offload about what has happened in my week. I don’t feel judged by the staff; they are all so easy to talk to. I feel like having that space every week makes a massive difference to my mood.” 

“When I’ve got loads of stuff going on in my head, I can book in to see someone at Door43 and they help me to make sense of it all and we can make a plan together and I feel so much better.”

All those interested in discussing how they can offer financial or other support should contact Tash Bright at Sheffield Futures on 0114 2018647 or email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Knife crime: Emergency first aid training for young people #YouthWorkMatters

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Young people at Sheffield Futures’ youth clubs have received training in how to deliver first aid on the street if they come across someone bleeding. This training comes as part of the city’s response to Operation Spectre, the National Knife Crime Awareness Campaign.

The sessions at youth clubs in Abbeydale and Gleadless were facilitated by Street Doctors – University of Sheffield medical students who deliver emergency life-saving skills to young people. The group were joined by South Yorkshire Police who spoke to the young people about knife crime in Sheffield and how to report crime anonymously through youth crime watch tool Fearless. Fearless is a service that allows information to be passed to the police anonymously.

The emergency first aid sessions were delivered to young people aged 11-16 with a focus on education around the devastating consequences of knife crime and carrying a knife.
Street Doctors ensured that the young attendees were aware of the location of vital organs within the body, the dangers and warning signs of blood loss and initial first aid should they ever be in the situation where they find themselves present with a victim of a stabbing. Funding for the session was secured from Sheffield Youth Justice Service.

Further to this, Sheffield Futures youth workers have been working with PCSOs to support young people in the community by providing joint patrols in Sharrow, Gleadless and Upperthorpe as part of Operation Sceptre.

Sheffield Futures Head of Targeted Services and Health, Dan White said, “Sheffield Futures is working closely with multi-agency teams to support young people and prevent knife crime. We are working in the community with young people to help them to understand the dangers of carrying a knife and with community groups to ensure that our support is targeted.”

“Our approach is based on core youth work principles: relationship based – recognising the need to build up trust with young people over a sustained period of time; it is strengths based – identifying young people’s assets and building on them; it is flexible – working with young people at their own pace which is not always linear; it is co-produced with young people – young people usually have the solutions; and it utilises enrichment activities as a means of engagement.”

PC Mark Toyne, who attended the session, said, “The Street Doctors delivered their presentation expertly and had a genuine rapport with their young audience. Our thanks to Sheffield Futures and Street Doctors for involving themselves in Operation Sceptre and for delivering such a valuable input.”


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Our top ten self care tips

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We’ve teamed up with blogger Jade Marie to create a guide to ten quick and easy ways to practice self care! If you’re interested in taking small steps that can make a difference to you and your friends, this is definitely worth a read. We are also giving out copies of this guide with our self care clothing which you can see photographed below or by visiting   Merch 

 

 

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